Although I hate to admit my daughter’s pension for technology, I can’t help but acknowledge the role iPhone and iPad applications are having in her development. Ten years ago I never would have guessed that a handheld device would be teaching my toddler her colors and rare dinosaur names!
Over the last few months I’ve been making note between the games she plays and the new skills she acquires and it seems that a number of her verbal and cognitive skills have boomed since playing a handful of games. Today, I’m excited to share the ones we have fallen in love with.
Little Writer – This app teaches little ones to trace numbers, letters, words and shapes and the audio verbally affirms each one so the child is both seeing, touching and hearing the specific number, letter, word or shape.
Memory King – This game has made my daughter the queen of the memory game. Playing it on the iPad has also transferred to the real version we often play on the carpet. She dominates!
Animal Puzzle for Toddlers, Kids and Adults – So many skills go into puzzle completion … spatial awareness, connecting colors and creating a large picture from seemingly separate fragments. The cute animals in this app attract my daughter’s attention and she can’t get enough of the “manimal puzzie”.
Touch the Sounds – Such a simple idea that reinforces a new concept … the connection between sight and sound. In this app you hear a sound and four pictures appear so you can tap the correct source. More than once, we have been out and about and my daughter has identified a sound I wasn’t aware she knew. Thanks Touch and Learn Sounds!
Find Them All: Dinosaurs World – Around Christmas my daughter became fascinated with dinosaurs. To encourage her new found love, we downloaded this app and have enjoyed our time learning the names and faces of a variety of dinosaurs. I’ve even learned quite a bit!
So, tell me, am I the only one loving the rectangle teacher that is the iPhone and iPad? What are your toddler or preschoolers favorite apps?